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Fire and Swim-stone

Do you think it’s possible to blend a swimming pool with a bath? It’s like… a pool that’s warm, but not just a garden-variety heated pool. You can wash in it, and add nourishing salts and healing clays to the water. But you don’t have to empty it every time you use it, as you …

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L’auto è Viva

What’s with cars and their ability to make their way into human hearts? I mean, they’re machines, aren’t they? They’re not even humanoid. That said, they do kind of have faces… you know how the headlights and front grill can sort of arrange themselves into something vaguely anthropomorphic? Yes, you do know. Don’t pretend you’re …

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Bon Voyage

I have to admit that I’m a little bit concerned about the house. More to the point, I’m concerned about the house sitter. I’m meant to be enjoying this pina colada by the beach right now, and instead I’m consumed with thoughts of windows left unlocked, bin days forgotten, jam left open on the kitchen …

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Cooking Up Ideas

What makes a great kitchen? As someone who’s looking to install a new one, I’m learning that it really depends who you ask. My elderly aunt, for example, values ease of access – no hard-to-reach cupboards or finicky arrangements of appliances. My brother-in-law is all about natural light and open workspaces, while my colleague Gary …

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Square By Design

I’m a pretty straight up-and-down person – what you might call a ‘conservative type’ or even a ‘square’. I’m happy to wear those labels, although I don’t really identify with them or the socio-political baggage that they come with. It’s not like I’m actively standing in the way of change or progress. It’s more that …

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It’s Me, Guy!

Role play…gosh. Tuesday is always role play day at our Human Classes. I used to hate them greatly, but I’ve learned to enjoy them as my skills of infiltration have become greater. “Hello, my fellows! What’s up, guys? It’s me, Guy Manny, your human friend and ally in the daily things. Did anyone see the …

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The Lightning Master

Obviously, I’m the one in control of the lightning, but I feel like I should tone it down. Back in my native realm, it was a neat little party trick in times of peace and a terrifying tool when we were under attack by the trolls, or the spider-folk, or sometimes the gnomes if too …

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Virtual Stress Management

You know…I don’t think there’s any stress management within Over-Botch itself. I’m talking about the regular game here, and not the league. They’re pretty strict about people setting themselves up with anything to do with mental health, since you’re dealing with real people in that profession and not, like…a car. The only job that’s been …

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Too Many THINGS!

The truly aggravating thing about learning to be a human is the amount of subtle intricacies. Just a load of tiny little things, too many to count, things you can only learn if you happen to have grown up here. Then you mix in different cultures and suddenly it just becomes totally impossible. Why do …

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More Work, Really?

The latest in the Chronicles of Sandrine: after-work seminars. She came in today all flouncy and bouncy, stating that she’d “solved the problem of why morale is so low around here!” Then we were all called together for a special, emergency meeting where she took the entirety of lunch just to tell us that she …

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